Chelsea Berlo

Where is your hometown?

Fall River, MA

What's the story of how you became a dancer and teacher?

My grandmother owned a dance studio in Quincy, MA in the 40s and 50s. I had many aunts and cousins take dance so it was a right of passage. I would look at my grandmother's old pointe shoes and watch Shirley Temple movies with her.

I've been dancing since age 4 and started at En L'air when I was 13.

What impact has dance had on your life?

Dance has been my therapy. Through the death of my grandparents, divorce at a young age, moving from homes...dance has always been the structure I had in my life. I could always count on it.

Why did you start teaching dance?

Having a dance home/family like En L'air showed me the art form of dance, rather than a competitive side, which I loved! Once I started helping out with the baby classes it made me realize that this work was fun!

What are you passionate about outside of dance?

I love to help family and friends with anything. Love spending time outside in nature with my dog and fiancé. I love finding a quiet space and meditating. I love to collect sea glass and heart shaped rocks.

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

In general, do not be shy or afraid to ask any question. No question is too big or too small. Your dance teachers are the tools to help you grow.

Do you have a favorite quote you like to tell your students?

Follow the three C's

Confidence, Commitment, Creativity

Have confidence in yourself and your dancing, commit to your movement, and always be ready to create some sort of improv or freestyle.

In your opinion, what makes dance such a great activity and art form?

In our society we are always taught to talk about our feelings. Dance gives us the opportunity to show and express our feelings without words.

What classes do you teach at En L'air?

I teach ballet, tap, hip-hop, musical theatre, and lyrical.

 

 

Nicole Guinard

What is your hometown?

I was raised in Franklin, Massachusetts.

What's the story of how you became a dancer and teacher?

I was 7 years old and my neighbor, Evelyn, began taking dance lessons at McKeon's Dance & Gymnastics so I decided to enroll as well.

What impact has dance had on your life?

Wow! It's been my whole life. I have no idea what or where I'd be without it. Life would be totally different. I'm so glad to have such an appreciation for this art form.

Why did you start teaching dance?

Shortly after 9/11, I like many, evaluated my life and decided a change was in order. I thought to myself, "what do I know?" and dance immediately came to mind. I started looking for a space to rent and the rest is history

What are you passionate about outside dance?

I love music and attending live shows. I'm a die hard NE sports fan. (thanks Dad)

If you weren't a teacher what do you think you'd be doing?

I took a Photography course at Dean College shortly after high school. I loved it, but honestly, I'd probably be working full-time somewhere in an office.


What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

Hmmm, that's a tough one. I'm not sure there's a specific question I want them to ask as much as I'd love to see them put a bit more energy into all their movements, work on emotion and improvising, which we help to teach them.

Do you have a favorite quote to tell students?

"Of course it's hard, if it was easy everybody would do it."

In your opinion what makes dance such a great activity and art form?

What makes it such a great art form is that the dancer is the finished work. There's no novel, song, sculpture or painting. The artist is the art. (if that makes sense)


What makes it such a great activity is that children who are either introverted or extroverted may benefit. Extroverts may be natural performers and love the limelight. Introverts learn to use dance as a way to communicate. They may start off in the back row, quiet and observing, but sometimes those children become the most dynamic dancers! 


Of course, at the very least, dance is a great physical activity working every muscle in the body and can instill a healthy lifestyle.

What classes do you teach at En L'air?

I teach many Twinkle Star classes ages 2-6 and I teach other ShowStars and Ensemble levels in ballet, tap and jazz.

Nikki Cabral

What is your hometown?

Westport, Massachusetts

What's the story of how you became a dancer and teacher?

I started dance classes when I was three years old. I was always a very creative child so the ability to showcase my artistry through movement is amazing. Every year I fell more and more passionate about dancing and choreography and wish to share this passion with others. I have been a student at En L'air since the beginning and now I am lucky enough to continue to be a part of this studio through teaching.

What impact has dance had on your life?

Dance has made a huge impact on my life in several ways. One being that is has taught me discipline, responsibility and individuality. I learned how to dedicate myself to this art form and work hard to achieve my overall goals in life.

Why did you start teaching dance?

I knew I wanted to teach dance by the age of 8 years old. Teaching dance allows me to be creative while choreographing and share my love and knowledge of dance with others.

What are you passionate about outside dance?

I am passionate about art, psychology and cross-training.

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue dance as a career?

The moment I decided that I truly wanted to pursue dance as a career was when I realized that this art form has become a part of me and has gotten me through so much. I could not imagine my life without dance.

If you weren't a dancer and teacher what do you think you would be doing?

I am also studying psychology so I would most likely be focusing on that.

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

I wish students would ask about timing.

Do you have a favorite quote you like to tell your students?

I do not have a specific quote, but I find myself saying "you've got this" often.

In your opinion, what makes dance such a great activity and art form?

Dance is such a great activity and art form because not only does it teach so many life lessons and build strong friendships, it is also very therapeutic for people of all ages.

What classes do you teach at En L'air?

Currently I teach Ensemble Lyrical and will continue to teach Hip-Hop, Lyrical and Contemporary.

A note from the studio....

Miss Nikki taught Ensemble Lyrical this past season and choreographed Total Eclipse of the Heart in our 2018 show.


She is teaching Ensemble Hip-Hop, ShowStars Lyrical, and Ensemble Contemporary this Fall.

Enroll in a class with Nikki